Jens Voigt sets new Hour World Record

Jens Voigt races for a new world hour record on September 18, 2014 in velodrome Grenchen, Switzerland.

Jens Voigt set a new hour world record in velodrome Grenchen, Switzerland on September 18, 2014. In one hour, he cycled 51.115 km beating the previous record at 49.700 km held by Ondrej Sosenka since 2005. Jens Voigt has announced to end his professional career after his record attempt at the age of 43. With his world […]




Stelvio Pass

The Stelvio Pass (2757 m) in northern Italy is the highest paved mountain pass in the Eastern Alps, and the second highest in the Alpsf. It connects the South Tyrol with the Veltlin in Lombardia in Italy and is only 200 meters from the Swiss border. The original road was built in 1820–25 by the Austrian Empire. The seventy-five hairpin turns cover an elevation gain of 1871 meters.

The Stelvio Pass (2757 m) in northern Italy is the highest paved mountain pass in the Eastern Alps, and the second highest in the Alps. The Stelvio lost its status as the highest Alpine mountain pass to the Col de l’Iseran (2764 m) in 1937. Located only 200 meters from the Swiss border, the road […]




Umbrail Pass

Umbrail Pass (2501 m) on the Swiss-Italian border connects Santa Maria in Val Mustair with Bormio in Italy via the Stelvio Pass road. It is the highest paved road in Switzerland.

Umbrail Pass (2501 m) is the highest paved mountain pass road in Switzerland. The Umbrail Pass connects Santa Maria in Val Müstair with Bormio in Italy via the Stelvio Pass. Umbrail Pass: Centuries of Strategic Importance In 774, Charlemagne visited the pope in Rome and crowned himself king of the Lombards and master of Italy. […]




Albula Pass

Albula Pass (2315 m) connects Tiefencastel with the Engadin valley in Switzerland. The road was opened in 1865, but the pass was already used for transport in the 16th century. The pass lost its importance with the opening of the Albula railway in 1903.

Albula Pass (2315 m) connects Tiefencastel with the Engadin valley in Switzerland. The road was opened in 1865, but the pass was already used for transport in the 16th century. In 1548, France established a postal service to Venice via Albula and Bernina pass. For a long time, there was no accommodation along the mule track over the […]




Splügen Pass

The Spluegen Pass connects the Swiss Hinterrhein valley with Chiavenna in Italy. The pass is also the border between Italy and Switzerland. Since the construction of the San Bernardino tunnel, the pass has lost its importance. The road was opened in 1823.

The border between Italy and Switzerland is at the Splügen Pass (2115 m). Splügen Pass (or Passo dello Spluga) connects the Swiss Hinterrhein valley with the Valle Spluga and Chiavenna in Italy. History of the Splügen Pass The road over the Splügen Pass was opened in 1823 – earlier than the Tremola road over the […]




Bear and Buffalo

A small straw hut on a field in northwestern Rwanda with Mount Sabinyo on the horizon, an extinct volcano of the Virunga group at the border of Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Uganda.

After writing yesterday’s article about wild bears in Switzerland, I was thinking about the recent trip to Rwanda where farmers also face the problem of wild animals invading their land. Buffaloes and elephants from the near jungle ravage and sometimes even kill people. There’s a stone wall at the border of the rain forest, but […]